ACS National Awards

The ACS National Awards: Advancing Chemistry, Supporting Research, and Promoting Chemists


The ACS National Awards program is designed to encourage the advancement of chemistry in all its branches, to support research in chemical science and industry, and to promote the careers of chemists.

Nominate a Noteworthy Chemist for a 2023 ACS National Award by November 1, 2021! Submit a Nomination.

Please note that due to no funding source, nominations for the following awards are not being accepted for the 2023 National Awards Cycle. If you have information about a possible entity wishing to sponsor one or more of these awards, please contact

  • ACS Award in Separations Science and Technology
  • George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education
  • Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry
  • Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids

National Awards Hybrid Ceremony

Winners of the 2021 National Awards were honored at a hybrid (virtual and modified in-person) Awards Ceremony in conjunction with the ACS Fall 2021 Meeting in Atlanta. The ceremony was held on Sunday, August 22, at 7:00 PM ET at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atrium Ballroom. The 2021 Priestley Medalist, A. Paul Alivisatos, delivered the keynote address.

image of A. Paul Alivisatos

A. Paul Alivisatos, the University of California, Berkeley, scientist is the Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and a professor of chemistry and materials science and engineering, as well as the university’s executive vice chancellor and provost. He is also director emeritus of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the founding editor in chief of Nano Letters, published by the American Chemical Society. Alivisatos will receive the 2021 Priestley Medal, the American Chemical Society’s highest honor. View C&EN article.

Nomination Information

Your opportunity to highlight outstanding work in the chemical sciences and chemical education is here! By nominating a peer or colleague for a 2023 ACS National Awards, you'll help recognize that person's extraordinary accomplishments and inspire other scientists and students to strive for excellence in their own work, in support of each other and the larger chemistry enterprise. The nomination period will close on November 1, 2021.

ACS National Awards Program Contact

American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036


ACS 2020 National Awards Virtual Ceremony
The first virtual National Awards Ceremony honored the 2020 ACS National Award recipients on Friday, April 9, 2021! The ceremony can be viewed above, which officially begins at the 39:10 mark. The 84th Awards Ceremony recognized 75 recipients of 59 national awards and sponsor representatives. The 2020 Priestley Medalist, Dr. JoAnne Stubbe, Professor Emerita, MIT, delivered the keynote presentation “The Road Less Traveled: for Love of Detection, Discovery and all things Radical in Nature.” 

Prized Science
This video series features the work and contributions of recipients who won ACS prizes. Watch, listen, and discover how the chemistry behind ACS’ awards transforms our lives.

Becoming Award Ready Webinar
How do deserving and accomplished chemical scientists from diverse backgrounds become ACS award nominees and potentially winners? This short presentation shares the key aspects of preparing for and creating a successful nomination package for an ACS National Award.

National Awards Office Division Primer
This booklet provides technical divisions with quick access to answers to questions regarding the ACS National Awards Program’s selection and canvassing committee process and the awards banquet and ceremony, as well as how to nominate deserving individuals for national awards.